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by NeilG
Thu Jan 31, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Palm Kaikoura PFD
Replies: 5
Views: 2242

Palm Kaikoura PFD

I managed to get the size and colour I wanted today - birthday present. Funnily enough, it is reviewed in the latest edition of OP that arrived today while I was out buying it. There is very limited stock at Bournemouth Canoes and Woodmill Canoe Centre in Southampton. I just wanted to say that if yo...
by NeilG
Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Picture of my nearly finished wooden touring kayak^
Replies: 17
Views: 2463

Wow! I'm very envious of your skills. I would love to own such a kayak, although I know I wouldn't want the maintenance!
by NeilG
Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Knifes and carrying them [Scotland]^
Replies: 36
Views: 14582

I'm inclined to agree with The Shark, although the police north of the border may view things differently. Certainly in England & Wales, a purposeful knife (such as a diver's or sailing knife) is not going to cause you a probem, providing it is carried discretely and for a good reason ie the 'reason...
by NeilG
Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seat lowered at last
Replies: 4
Views: 629

Mark99 wrote:that's very cool! I must admire your balls taking a grinder to your beloved
Took me a long time to work up to it!

The screws were slotted machine screws on penny washers. The glass is over the top of them so when padding goes, padding gets replaced.
by NeilG
Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seat lowered at last
Replies: 4
Views: 629

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by NeilG
Mon Jan 28, 2008 7:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Seat lowered at last
Replies: 4
Views: 629

Seat lowered at last

I have finally got around to doing it, having deliberated for as long as I can remember! I have had my Valley Aquila for a year or so and although I have always been pleased with it, there have been times when I have cursed it's initial stability, which I would best describe as wobbly. The secondary...
by NeilG
Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:25 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Knifes and carrying them [Scotland]^
Replies: 36
Views: 14582

Interesting thread. A rope cutter would be far more effective than a folding knife especially with cold hands!
by NeilG
Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: which typeis best for.....
Replies: 9
Views: 1231

Have you thought about something like a Waikiki?
Quite compact with a storage compartment and drop-down skeg. They have an exceptionally large cockpit that needs the very largest of spray decks. They are very stable owing to their proportions.
by NeilG
Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Summer time: when the livin is easy.
Replies: 9
Views: 1053

Well, it does look like there is some serious off-roading to be done once ashore.
by NeilG
Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Summer time: when the livin is easy.
Replies: 9
Views: 1053

Blimey! What year as that in? I don't remember there being a summer last year!
by NeilG
Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: General interconnectivity of things.
Replies: 15
Views: 2766

I think sea paddling is kind of spiritual. You can not have a simpler way of going to sea and the journey is the most important bit, mentally as well as physically.

I'll shut up before I start a new religeon.
by NeilG
Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shortest sea trip of 2007?
Replies: 15
Views: 1880

Quarter of a mile? Launched from Warsash on the River Hamble. Paddled to the mouth of the river to watch fireworks and the departure of the cruise ship Queen Victoria. Sat there in the shallows for an hour and half. Paddled the quarter mile back. Didn't earn the two pints that evening.
by NeilG
Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Paddle Wish List for 2008 ?
Replies: 38
Views: 5106

2. Get across to the Isle of Wight. Having found another paddling partner, new to the game, even when the weather has been promising, we have put it off. Coastal exploring when we get there. May be a circumnavigation. Achieved part of this today. Paddled from Southsea across to Priory Bay, IOW. Gla...
by NeilG
Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: http://www.netweather.tv - Weather forecast site
Replies: 1
Views: 692

http://www.netweather.tv - Weather forecast site

http://www.netweather.tv/ Another handy weather website, but this one has just about every conceivable weather forecasy, chart, source of data etc and offers weather forecasts covering all weather data broken down into three hour slots up to 16 days in advance. The site came from a forum my wife re...
by NeilG
Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:26 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: O.P.... A good start to Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 1153

I only managed one article - far too busy on Christmas day to get anywhere with it.
by NeilG
Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Season's you-know-whats
Replies: 6
Views: 999

I have no doubt whatsoever that by the end of tomorrow, someone will be looking here for a dose of sanity!

Boxing day will bring the 'new toys post'.

I don't think Santa has any kayak gear for me this year though.

Happy Christmas everyone!
by NeilG
Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ultimate Sea Kayak Qualification!
Replies: 0
Views: 708

Ultimate Sea Kayak Qualification!

http://www.greenlandkayaks.gl/news.html

Read the second news article!

Beat that UKCC / BCU!
by NeilG
Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: O.P.... A good start to Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 1153

YEs, It is a bumper edition where more pages have been added, partly to allow an increase in font size and partly to include more stuff (as stated in the editorial).

It's looking good so far, but I'm saving it for work on Christmas day when hopefully I will have plenty of time to read it.
by NeilG
Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Warmer times
Replies: 5
Views: 976

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Langstone Harbour from Long Island, photo courtesy of Griff B.
Looking through my photos has shown me that I simply don't take enough.
by NeilG
Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Free Tide Data on t'internet^
Replies: 3
Views: 947

Free Tide Data on t'internet^

I have just found this handy site on the internet. Essentially, free tides to 2037 for most standard ports. I've used this data before as a software package, but here it is represented as a web site. The home page allows searching for a port and picking from zones or the master index. Very handy for...
by NeilG
Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advent paddling
Replies: 3
Views: 892

It would appear that paddlers with red kit have an unfair advantage here....
by NeilG
Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Paddle of the Year?
Replies: 34
Views: 5738

[quote="seindal"]I had a very nice journey in Sardinia this year:

Rene,
Did you take your own gear or hire when there? I spent my honeymoon touring the southern half of the island. I am determined to go back and see the north and to do some paddling there.
by NeilG
Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Vrooooooooooom
Replies: 6
Views: 1393

These are a nightmare in my favourite neck of the woods. They blat around Langstone Harbour entrance totally in breach of the by-laws. I don't think the harbour master has much luck in prosecuting them. The authorities even went to the trouble of creating a jet ski area outside of the harbour less t...
by NeilG
Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ocean Paddler mag - communication
Replies: 7
Views: 1652

I think it should be borne in mind that they are a very small team (?)
Just an observation, but perhaps a fair one.
by NeilG
Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Paddle of the Year?
Replies: 34
Views: 5738

For me, I have had lots of good day trips mostly in good company. However, my most memorable paddle has to have been my first circumnavigation of Hayling Island. Not much of a feat really, but for me it was my longest paddle at that time (15 miles), solo and punctuated by memorable events, such as b...
by NeilG
Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:43 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Aberavon Hump Back Whale
Replies: 4
Views: 1596

Amazing what can turn up, we had a fin whale in the Solent a few years back...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hamp ... 527212.stm
by NeilG
Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Paddle of the Year?
Replies: 34
Views: 5738

Right. That does it. I'm moving to Scotland!
by NeilG
Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Paddle Wish List for 2008 ?
Replies: 38
Views: 5106

1. Rolling lessons this winter somewhere warm and indoors. 2. Get across to the Isle of Wight. Having found another paddling partner, new to the game, even when the weather has been promising, we have put it off. Coastal exploring when we get there. May be a circumnavigation. 3. Some nights away. 4....
by NeilG
Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What kayak related equipment have you built?
Replies: 34
Views: 4018

More for the sea....

I am embarrassingly good with a needle and thread....

Paddle leash
Tow rope with float and pouch
Another pouch on my foredeck for hats (winter / summer) gloves etc Poggies
Pouch for paddle float, again on foredeck
by NeilG
Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Mystery Paddler
Replies: 0
Views: 706

Mystery Paddler

Were you the chap that we met coming ashore at Warsash (Hampshire) tonight? You had a very smart sea kayak with an orange deck and black hull. We were the two nutters (yellow and blue kayaks) getting ready to go as you were coming back!